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What program is triggered to take a shot of the screen when the PrintScreen button is pressed on Windows?


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migrated from Feb 7 '13 at 7:42

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This is set to whatever screen capture program you have set as the default.

For example, I use greenshot at work, so when I press PrintScreen that application is used by default.

So the answer is, it depends but by default. Windows has it's own screen capture tool which is saved to a clipboard ready to be copied and pasted into an graphics utilities application. (eg. MS Paint, Photoshop, Corel Painter etc..).

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Where can I find the default capture tool on Windows? (name of the application?) – user1508893 Feb 7 '13 at 6:35
@user1508893: There is no separate app; Windows handles this by itself. – Karan Feb 8 '13 at 5:17

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